Bryan Singer No Longer Directing Queen Biopic

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Last Friday it was revealed that production had been suspended on the upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, reportedly due to a health matter affecting director Bryan Singer.

Bryan Singer has accused Fox of refusing to give him time off to deal with health issues of one of his parents, which is why he says he was sacked from Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody".

One source tells THR Singer is claiming to be suffering PTSD from his time on set.

Singer then addressed reports that his termination was catalyzed by a non-physical confrontation with Malek that allegedly ended in Singer throwing an object.

Director Bryan Singer was sacked from "Bohemian Rhapsody". At the time, the studio credited the halt in production to Singer's "unexpected unavailability".

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Despite being over a year away, one of next year's most anticipated movies was quickly pegged to be already Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody. "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of 'Bohemian Rhapsody, '" the studio said.

The film has about two weeks left in shooting.

After Singer didn't return to the set after Thanksgiving break and Sigel had to step in before production was shut down, Fox chose to fire Singer under his pay-or-play contract. Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, also had a problem with Singer's behavior that he quit the project before but was persuaded to return and finish the movie. Rami Malek of Mr. Robot fame was cast as Freddie Mercury in the film and from one production still certainly passes for a dead ringer of the singer. It was at this time Fox chose to fire him under his pay-or-play contract. In some instances, the movie's cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, had to take the directing reins in Singer's absence.

This is yet another setback for a film that has gone through a few different directors and lead actors over the years, with Sacha Baron Cohen notably attached to star most recently. Singer, the former "X-Men" director who has describes "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a passion project, has since said he left the U.K. -based production to care for an ill parent in the United States.

The movie is still expected to meet its scheduled December 2018 release.

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